Updated 09/06/13 – 2:05 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen voted Friday to circumvent a major provision of the state’s concealed carry law, by voting to require all city businesses that serve liquor to ban guns on their premises.
The state law allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms prohibits guns in bars and other businesses that get more than 50 percent of their sales from liquor, but restaurants and other businesses that get less than half their revenue from alcohol would be able to choose whether to allow guns on their property.
An ordinance sponsored by Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke (14th) and downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) would effectively take that option away from any business that serves alcohol, and make them “gun-fee zones,” by requiring them to post signs banning guns. Those that don’t comply would lose their liquor license.
“In essence, what this ordinance amendment would say is that the City Council believes that booze and bullets don’t mix,” Burke said.